The Wanted’s Max George holds back tears as he fulfils Tom Parker’s wish before he died
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The Wanted’s Max George holds back tears as he fulfils Tom Parker’s wish before he died.
The 'Glad You Came' hit-maker appeared on an episode of Tipping Point: Lucky Stars and offered a heartfelt tribute to his late bandmate.
Tom was first diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour in October 2020 after suffering a series of 'unexplained' seizures during the summer months the same year.
In January 2021, Tom told fans that his brain tumour had shrunk in an Instagram update and in November he announced on Instagram that his brain tumour was under control.
However, he tragically passed away that same month (30 March) aged just 33 from the inoperable brain tumour.
His bandmates, including Max, Nathan Sykes, Siva Kaneswaran and Jay McGuiness, attended Tom's funeral and served as pallbearers.
Speaking on the ITV game show after revealing he would stick with the winnings he had already won instead of risking it all for the grand £20,000 prize, Max told host Ben Shephard: "I am happy with that.
"That was the right decision. It's going to a really special charity. It is going to the Brain Tumour Charity."
The 'Chasing the Sun' singer continued: "My very, very close friend, Tom, passed away recently from a brain tumour, and they’re at the forefront of brain tumour research."
Clearly moved by the emotional situation, the 34-year-old then thanked the host for the opportunity.
"And also, Ben, I want to say thank you to you because I asked you a while ago if we could get Tom on the show, and that's why I'm here today," he explained.
"So thanks to you. I’m really, really happy with that."
Clearing moved by Max's tribute, Ben replied: "I'm really thrilled that you got to come and play in his memory.
"I remember what a great guy he was, and he loved the show, so I am chuffed to bits you could be here for him and £6,900 will make a big difference to the charity."
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